Nicole Boivin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCBA-D, President, became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2008. Dr. Boivin received her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis at Simmons College. She is dually certified as a Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral™, and is currently the Director of School Services for the Early Childhood program at Melmark New England in Andover, MA, where she provides supervision, training, and clinical services for children with autism spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities, and acquired brain injury. Dr. Boivin’s professional experience includes working with individuals with complex behavioral and communication disorders. She is the 2007 recipient of the Margaret L. Bauman, M.D. Award for Excellence Within the Autism Community, in the category of Outstanding Therapist/Educator in a School Setting.
Jessica Plourde Moon, M.Ed., BCBA, Vice President, became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2013. She received a master’s degree in education from the University of Maine, and completed her BCBA coursework through Florida Institute of Technology. Ms. Moon spent a large part of her career practicing applied behavior analysis with children and families birth to age 5, primarily diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. For the past three years, she has been employed as a school-based BCBA for students Kindergarten through 12th grade in Yarmouth and MSAD #51 school districts in Southern Maine.
Laura Manuel, M.A., Ed.S., BCBA, Secretary, became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2014. She received her MA and Ed.S. from Rowan University in School Psychology and studied ABA through Florida Institute of Technology. Ms. Manuel has experiencing working in school districts ranging from preschool through high school since 2009. Currently Ms. Manuel is continuing her work for a local school district as well as working in private practice. In her private practice, Ms. Manuel uses ABA to help individuals with health and wellness goals.
Eric Campbell, MS Special Education, BCBA, Treasurer, became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2011. He received his MS in Special Education from the University of Southern Maine and completed his ABA coursework through the Florida Institute of Technology. Mr. Campbell has experience working with children with complex developmental and behavioral disabilities from preschool to high school in both the day treatment and public school setting. Mr. Campbell is employed at Spurwink Services as a Senior Program Director of Education. His responsibilities include supervision, training and consultation to programs within the agency and outside BCBA consultation.
Ben Springer M.Ed., C.A.G.S., BCBA, Member-at-Large, graduated from high school in Southern Maine and went on to pursue a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Elementary Education at the University of Maine at Orono where he graduated in 1997. After a year or so of working in the “real world,” he returned to the University of Maine and completed his Masters of Education (M.Ed) and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (C.A.G.S); both graduate degrees were in Special Education with a focus on Severe/Profound disabilities and Educational Administration. Mr. Springer worked for several years as an elementary and middle school special education teacher in Bucksport and Belfast Maine. He then worked for 3 years as a Director of Special Education in Northern and Eastern Maine. In 2013-2014 he began his pursuit of the BCBA credential through The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and officially became a BCBA on February 28th, 2015. In December 2016, he became a Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Mr. Springer has now been a BCBA for 3.5 years and has found this profession to be extremely rewarding. He is truly happy when he is helping children and families that are living with a host of varying disability criteria and/or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Mr. Springer is passionate about this field and is rewarded every time a child or family makes gains and can participate in an area of their lives that they may not have been able to participate in without ABA therapy.
R.W. Maguire, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Member-at-Large, is a Behavior Analyst with 40+ years of applied, academic and research experience. He is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Behavior Analysis at Simmons University. Dr. Maguire holds a BA in Psychology, a MA in Applied Behavior Analysis and a PhD in Experimental Psychology and is a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). Dr. Maguire’s professional experience can be divided into three areas. First, he has an extensive applied and successful history of working with individuals with developmental disabilities, severe challenging behaviors and innovative instruction protocols. Second, he has taught at the graduate-school level in the field of behavior analysis for over 25 years. Third, Dr. Maguire is a frequent publisher and presenter of applied and basic behavioral research at local, state and national professional conferences.
Jamie L. Pratt, PsyD, BCBA-D, Member-at-Large, became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in in 2010. Dr. Pratt received an M.S. in Educational Psychology and a Psy.D. in School Psychology from the University of Southern Maine. In addition to the BCBA-D credential, Dr. Pratt holds certification as a School Psychologist-Doctoral and licensure as a Psychologist. She is an Assistant Professor of Educational and School Psychology at the University of Southern Maine and provides clinical consultation for school-aged children with developmental and emotional-behavioral disorders. Dr. Pratt has contributed to several publications on behavior analytic assessment and intervention strategies and is currently collaborating with her colleagues to revise a practical handbook for conducting school-based functional behavioral assessments.
Elisa Hegg, Ph.D., BCBA, Member-at-Large, began working, as many do in our field, as an in-home ABA therapist in Vancouver, Canada. In 2000, after completing a BA at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Hegg moved to Boston in order to further her education in ABA. In 2004 she completed a MS in Applied Behavior Analysis through Northeastern University, while working with adolescents in a residential school program that based teaching and intervention on ABA. Dr. Hegg has been afforded opportunities to work within a public school district developing an ABA program for young children; as well to be a home- and school-based consultant working with clients from early intervention through the transition to adulthood. After completing coursework in a PhD program in behavior analysis at Simmons College, she was offered the opportunity to teach in the Master’s program, as well as to be the Director of Mentoring and Supervision. Dr. Hegg continued in this role until moving with her family to Maine. Since being in Maine, she has worked with Maine families, providing evaluation and consultation services, and has also maintained contact with the Simmons College community, teaching in their online Behavior Analysis program. Dr. Hegg is currently supporting students in their supervision requirements as the Director of Practicum for the Online Program at Simmons.
Leanna Simao, Student Representative, is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine, with a degree in Humanities. In the spring of 2018 she was accepted to the Education Psychology graduate program at USM, with her focus being in behavior analysis. Her interest in this field stretches beyond the classroom and clinical applications. Ms. Simao’s son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in September of 2016. Ms. Simao reflects that the ABA approach and methodologies used to help her son were very impressive. She knew immediately that this was a field of study that she wanted to pursue.